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Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



The nursery sessions are held all year around, including 

during the school holidays

If you have any queries contact us,

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Thanks to our new roof structure, we no longer have to cancel our nursery sessions on rainy days!

Access to the nursery is through the QEII Reserve, either through the gate or over the nursery stile.

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

Our planting season started on Saturday 30th of April. We will be organising a community planting every fortnight and will aim to plant about 4-5,000 eco-sourced native in the Upper Clutha basin by October.

Community planting are usually held on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. We postpone when it's raining.

If you are part of a group or business who would like to help, we can organise planting sessions during the week. Get in touch!

The next planting & maintenance session will be on the 1st of October in Glendhu Bay from 10am to 12pm. The planting site is located near the Mt Aspiring look out car park (it is signposted).

This is a special session as we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this planting site. In 2012, Te Kākano, Ridgeline Adventures and QLDC got together to start this project. Ridgeline sponsored the planting ever since. 10 years later, the plants look amazing!

Meet at 10am at the planting site.

We will be planting a few plants and doing maintenance, mostly (releasing, removing cages, etc.), at this beautiful planting site.

If you want to carpool, meet between 9.30am and 9.45am at the Waterfall Creek car park.

Please, bring your own cup, and gardening gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and long sleeves and trousers (as there are a few thistles and prickly bushes around).

We will provide a light lunch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this site.

Thank you to Fedeli for prividing the lunch!

All welcome!

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.


The planting season is almost over.

We have one more planting session planned - don't miss out!

 15th October at Wishbone Falls - as it is the last planting of the season, we will also celebrate :)

Maintenance sessions

We plant thousands of native plants every year and we need to make sure they thrive.

If you would like to help with watering or maintenance, please get in touch!

Alternatively, you can help by watering the plants thanks to the blue drums we have set up at some of our planting sites: Millennium track, lakeshore, Eely Point, Albert Town (along the Clutha/Mata-au river, upstream from the bridge). You can also pull a few weeds growing near our native plants. Many hands make light work. Planting is only part of the work!

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held online on the 20th April 2022.

You can read the 2021 annual report here, and the 2021 financial statements are there.


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